Nick Aroney | The Compass of Character

May 20, 2024

Join us for dinner at The 14th Annual SIR JOHN GRAHAM LECTURE 
6pm Friday 6 September 2024 | The Pullman Hotel, Auckland CBD

TICKETS: $195 (single), $170 (student) or $1,800 (table of 10)

All prices are GST inclusive. Purchase your tickets or tables below.

RSVP: Final day for tickets is Friday 16 August 

Nick Aroney


We trust the law to mould responsible leaders and citizens. Does it?

We think our schools and universities prepare us for life. Do they?

We look to the market to satisfy us. Can it?

Professor Nicholas Aroney examines what we put our faith in to create a good society. He shows how we’ve lost our way, and how we can rediscover it.



NICHOLAS ARONEY is Professor of Constitutional Law at The University of Queensland and an External Fellow of the Centre for Law and Religion at Emory University. He has published extensively in constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, and legal theory, including books with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and others.

He is a co-convenor of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and serves on the editorial boards of several law journals in the United States and Australia.

Professor Aroney has led several international research projects in comparative federalism, bicameralism, legal pluralism, and law & religion, and he speaks frequently at international conferences on these topics.


Maxim Institute is a registered charitable trust and your financial support helps us host this important event. We have a range of sponsorship categories available to businesses, or would love to talk to you about making a targeted personal donation.

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Sir John Graham

SIR JOHN GRAHAM was an exemplary New Zealander who displayed the consistency of character and care for others we see in our best leaders. Along with his well-known leadership roles as Captain of the All Blacks, Headmaster of Auckland Grammar, and Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Sir John inspired and led many organisations, including Maxim Institute.

He was recognised with a CBE in 1994 for services to education and the community and was knighted in 2011. As a Founding Trustee of Maxim, Sir John Graham’s deep love for New Zealand, his passion for education, and concern for those on the margins of life remain at the heart of our work. We are honoured to be able to hold this annual lecture in his name.

The Annual Sir John Graham Lecture is one of our nation’s premier opportunities to hear thought-provoking insights and energise public dialogue across Aotearoa New Zealand.

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